Colledge May Skip "Some or All" Of OTAs

If he ends up going through with it, this would be beyond asinine on Colledge's part.

From Pete Dougherty:

Of the Packers’ eight restricted free agents who received contract tenders, only one, safety Nick Collins, has signed, and most are good bets to take part in the offseason work. But Colledge is seriously contemplating skipping some or all of it in protest over his contract, and defensive lineman Johnny Jolly hasn’t decided but appears inclined to take part.

“It’s definitely something we’re considering, yes,” said Jeff Sperbeck, Colledge’s agent.

Seriously.

Look, I get it. OTAs are "voluntary" - Colledge can skip them at his leisure. But this season is Colledge's last chance. He's in for the fight of his life to keep his job and he's acting like the Packers should be treating him like he's freaking Steve Hutchinson.

Daryn - you had a terrible year last year. Just own up to it. Stop talking about how you feel disrespected by the restricted tender, get your ass into OTAs and work your butt off to beat out Jason Spitz or whoever Thompson drafts to replace you. Don't skip OTAs and sulk while the rest of the team (including seven other players waiting to sign their restricted tenders) is in Green Bay, focused and preparing for a run at the Super Bowl.

Not if you really, and these are your words Daryn, "look forward to another playoff run and a shot at the title."

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Brett Cristino's picture

March 11, 2010 at 12:25 am

Draft Iupati or Pouncey in the 1st and let Colledge walk, the guy is delusional. Would love to see a line of Clifton-Pouncey/Iupati-Spitz-Wells-Sitton-Lang next year.

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packsmack's picture

March 11, 2010 at 01:34 am

Apparently the "Colledge Experience" is to act like an ass.

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Graffin's picture

March 11, 2010 at 03:40 am

Even though he sucked last year he'll be better than a rookie at least for the first couple games and exp backups ain't a bad thing. Hope he stops being a dick about it they'll be a point when he's not worth the trouble.
I've been on vacation and haven't looked at the site in a few days, come back and there's like 8 new posts in a day. Your fuckin nuts Aaron and I like it, keeps me entertained.

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alfredomartinez's picture

March 11, 2010 at 04:13 am

colledge...get real...at least ur show is a bit more entertaining than ur blocking so...wahtever, u can kiss the fattest side of the pakers' ass!!!!!

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Nypacker's picture

March 11, 2010 at 06:15 am

Wasn't their an article written before when Colledge proclaimed that he was "in the best shape of his career"? If he skips OTAs and fails in preseason game 1, he should be cut by halftime.

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PACKERS.'s picture

March 11, 2010 at 06:48 am

CMON MAN! How could you possibly feel disrespected after that awful year you played last year?

The Packers owe him nothing. I personally think he shouldn't have even been given an offer. He should consider himself lucky for what he did get.

Go Pack Go!

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Dayne Shuda's picture

March 11, 2010 at 07:12 am

Daryn should realize that the guaranteed money that comes with that tender is a huge gift from the Packers. He's a joke.

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CSS's picture

March 11, 2010 at 08:01 am

He's getting some bad advice from his representation on negotiation '101'. He could position himself for a nice contract at the age of 28 IF he would take the opposite tact. He should be the 1st to sign his tender, 1st to show up at camp and playing like he's in a contract year (again).

He's doing the exact opposite of what he should be doing and has little to no leverage.

IMHO - Bring Tauscher back for his finale, move Lang to the LG position. He should be on the left side anyway since he's the one to slide over when/if Clifton gets hurt. Look at the pass rushers on the 10' schedule and be realistic, You are NOT throwing a rookie LT (should we draft one) at that schedule.

Poorly played, College.....

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JerseyAl's picture

March 11, 2010 at 08:02 am

“That’s the only thing you have to try to make the team talk to you or deal with you, is to withhold services for a while,” Sperbeck (Colledge's agent) said.

More great wisdom from an agent...

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Jim_in_DC's picture

March 11, 2010 at 08:07 am

This is hilarious.

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Ruppert's picture

March 11, 2010 at 08:12 am

This is an early April Fool's joke, right? What's next-Jarrett Bush holding out?

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Satori's picture

March 11, 2010 at 08:12 am

If Daryn threatened to hold his breath until they gave him a new deal, would the Packers call the paramedics or the coroner ?

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CSS's picture

March 11, 2010 at 08:16 am

Nagler - I motion to recommend a 'post of the week' award and nominate Satori as recipient #1. Outstanding, my friend.....

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D.D. Driver's picture

March 11, 2010 at 08:22 am

This part of the game. I will never understand why fans get so bent out of shape about contract negotiation. Not a big deal.

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PackerAaron's picture

March 11, 2010 at 08:25 am

DD - Mostly because they are incredulous when 20-somethings who are making millions to play football complain.

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IronMan's picture

March 11, 2010 at 08:26 am

Agrees with CSS. Satori, nice.

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CSS's picture

March 11, 2010 at 08:57 am

DDD - I rarely get bent out of shape and understand the nature of the beast. I think it's fair to point out that the respective franchises frequently take a comparable tact when negotiating with players.....all is fair.

However, my issue here is the general public tact the player is taking. After a career chalk-full of inconsistancy with everything to prove I read his public posturing as:

"Screw you" vs, "Can do". Collins has little to prove but wants to make any/all future statements on the field and let his play do the talking. What kind of a statment does College's play make to you at this point in his career?

That's why I feel, in this case, like saying 'screw you' back instead of 'will do' with patience and empathy.

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Ron LC's picture

March 11, 2010 at 09:00 am

Apparently, Colledge isn't getting any action in the market. His agent is pretty much saying he'll be there for the OTA's. Attention agent, your guy can be replaced. Lang would be my choice also. Unfortunately that leaves the backup tackle spots even weaker.

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cow42's picture

March 11, 2010 at 09:46 am

tool.

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PackersRS's picture

March 11, 2010 at 10:05 am

When the first reports that he was furious with the Packers came out, I jumped on his throat. Then he denied it. Either it was thruth, or he realized what bad press he got about it. Either way, he never said himself he was furious.
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I think he's a great backup. But he's not in a position to hold out or to demand anything.
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All I can tell to this date is that his agent is a douchebag. I he indeed helds out, too bad for him, that will lose his starting spot to Spitz, and end up being cut at the end of the year.
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He can be a greta backup in this league. But with that attitude, he won't be playing in the NFL for long...

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PackerAaron's picture

March 11, 2010 at 10:16 am

Packers RS - trust me. Colledge is pissed. He's upset with the CBA timing, he's upset at his tender level, but most of all, he's upset that the Packers keep moving him around and then never mentioning that to the media when TT and MM are asked to assesses his play.

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bucky's picture

March 11, 2010 at 11:41 am

Colledge may be pissed. But really all we have here is his agent saying that he and Colledge are considering their options. And the fact is, they have very few options available to them; holding out is really the only one. So it does make some measure of sense that they are considering it.

That said, I don't expect this to go too far past the exploratory phase. Unless Colledge and/or his agent are dumber than rocks (something not outside the realm of possibility), they both realize that exercising this option is not in Colledge's best interest. If he's really that moveable a commodity, teams would be jumping all over each other to sign him for the second round tender. Sperbeck's phone would be ringing off the hook, and he'd basically have already said "adios." For some reason that hasn't happened.

He'll be back.

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PackersRS's picture

March 11, 2010 at 11:43 am

Like bucky said, Aaron. I can't jump to conclusions just yet. Everything seems to lead to him being pissed, and moronically holding out TC and OTAs. But until he himself vents those feelings, and takes actions, I cannot assume...

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dilligaff's picture

March 11, 2010 at 11:54 am

Sounds like someone is jealous of Clifton's contract. Colledge being upset being moved around too much is way over blown, he has played 58 games at guard, 4 at LT, one at RT. IMO the O-line is the biggest concern for the Pack going into next year, greatly out weighing our needs in the secondary. The O-line has 3 positions up in the air with only Lang, maybe Spitz (I can't get over the fact he has had back surgery) to address these needs. Clifton has health issues and Colledge has an attitude problem to go along with poor performance. The left side of the line is on very shaky ground. A-rod take notice, work on your internal clock and quick release.

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bogmon's picture

March 11, 2010 at 01:41 pm

I hope someone offers him something and we get a 2nd round pick out of Colledge...I hate him so much more now...walk away Alaska boy!!!

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dilligaff's picture

March 11, 2010 at 01:48 pm

Another thought is that DC is taking advantage of the Packers, he knows they are not in a position to address his LG position, given the needs at both tackle positions on offense not to mention the needs of the defense. He knows his market value is not high enough to warrant what he is asking (what other teams are willing to pay him what he wants?), but he knows the bad position the Packers are in terms of O-line and he is willing to exploit it.

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nerdmann's picture

March 11, 2010 at 01:51 pm

I don't blame him for being pissed that they keep moving him around. Especially this past season, moving him over to LT, without having let him practice there.
I do think that got inside his head, bigtime.
Maybe they should give him a legit shot at LT. Or just keep him at G and not move him outside without having practiced. Because we all know and knew that Cliffy would miss time.

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PackersRS's picture

March 11, 2010 at 02:18 pm

dilligaff - the Packers are more than in position to adress his departure. They have Spitz, as well as an up-and-coming EDS. The solely fact that they didn't tender him with a 1st round is more than indication than they want him back, but he's not a necessity.
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nermann - that's a myth, that he was moved around too often. Like dilligaff said, he has played 58 games at guard, 4 at LT, one at RT. It's less than 8% of his games at other positions than LG. Since 2006, he has allowed 21.75 sacks. Is he really going to make the case that he has allowed so much sacks because he played less than 8% of his games at other positions than LT????

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CSS's picture

March 11, 2010 at 02:19 pm

Nerdman - If Dillgaff's calculations above are correct, how is being moved 5 times in 63 games too much?

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PackersRS's picture

March 11, 2010 at 02:22 pm

And you know what's more disturbing? In his first two seasons, he allowed a respectable 3.5 sacks each. In 2008, he allowed 6. And last year, 8.75...

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retiredgrampa's picture

March 11, 2010 at 02:30 pm

Never having played in the NFL, I can only assume that one's biggest foe can be his EGO. No one can deny there are some huge ones there. That doesn't sit well with those who know that their positions may be up for grabs, as well Colledge knows it. He wanted a gesture of confidence tossed to him with the tenders...he didn't get it for good reason. This is a bit of backlash, but badly conceived. If he, indeed, boycotts the OTAs while others show up, he must assume that his position will be manned by another who will gladly accept the role. Where will he be then on the roster? Wise up, Daryn. It's a man's world you choose not to compete in.

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FITZCORE1252's picture

March 11, 2010 at 06:52 pm

What a douche.

We don't NEED you dude, know your role or beat it.
And tell your wife nobody reads that shit she writes at the PG.

GBP 4 LIFE

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nerdmann's picture

March 11, 2010 at 06:54 pm

The past few preseasons he has been worked extensively at both LT and G. It's only been this year where they wanted "continuity" along the line. So they practiced him almost exclusively at guard, then stick him in front of Jared Allen at LT.
It's not all just about actual games.

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foundindaho's picture

March 11, 2010 at 07:10 pm

I'm officially not apologizing for him any more - his coach at Boise State would kill him for acting like this. Daryn, grow up, dude. Quit sucking, start playing, or get out of dodge. We've had it.

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Dilligaff's picture

March 11, 2010 at 08:11 pm

nerdman, I don't think anybody is judging him on his performance at the LT position last year, given the benefit of the doubt playing out of position. He did not perform well at the LG position of which he practiced all training camp. Good players can move around, Woodson has played safety for us yet he has been able to go back to CB positon and perform very well. These are just excuses.

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PackersRS's picture

March 11, 2010 at 08:38 pm

C'mon nerdmann... Lang played LT, LG and RT this year. He did well at all of them... That's such a poor excuse for suckiness... It's almost like a QB saying that if he had the Lombardi's OL to protect him, Otto Graham to run for him, and Don Hutson and Jerry Rice to throw to, he'd do very well...

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madden07's picture

March 11, 2010 at 08:49 pm

Nothing would make me happier than another team signing him to an offer sheet.

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nerdmann's picture

March 11, 2010 at 09:29 pm

That's very true PackersRS. Lang manned up at multiple positions. Might be easier going from T to G, though.
I think the whole thing got inside Colledge's head. He gets another offseason to prove he can deal with it.

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Dilligaff's picture

March 11, 2010 at 11:09 pm

nerdman, you summed it up perfectly, he gets another off season to prove himself. Thats why he has not gotten a long term deal, he has not proven himself worthy yet.

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PackersThad's picture

March 12, 2010 at 06:44 am

Hey, tell me if this is weird: I like Giacomini, and I think he has a good shot at the RT position...

If this turns out to be true, I think Lang should be put at LG.

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PackerAaron's picture

March 12, 2010 at 09:10 am

Thad - not only is that weird, it's crazy talk. Unless Breno suddenly "gets it" - I'm not holding my breath...

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PackersRS's picture

March 12, 2010 at 10:32 am

nerdmann, now we're talking! I find it absurd that the rotation would be used as an excuse. But it's completely plausible that it got so much in Colledge's head, that it affected his play. I agree, btw, that one should be kept in his position, or at least in his role (G, T, C), so that he could develop into a better player, given the discrepancies between the OL positions.
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Of course, it's still his fault anyway...

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PackersThad's picture

March 13, 2010 at 12:30 am

Aaron, but Giacomini has the PERFECT build for RT! He could be a mauler! I hope he gets it together!!

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Dilligaff's picture

March 18, 2010 at 11:02 am

Another thing that could be missed in all this, is this zone blocking scheme. Colledge may feel that this does not fit his skills and he is better suited toward the more traditional blocking scheme.

In this regards I kind of understand Colledge's issue (in regards to the zone blocking scheme), maybe thats what he is saying when he refers to the plays that are called, mistakes by other lineman and communication break downs of the zone blocking scheme were not running smoothly, making him look worse than he really is.

If given the chance to run a more traditional scheme, he would be worth what he is seeking.

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